What Anime Expo's do you go to and how much do you spend there and what do you get there?
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Posted 5/30/11
Since I live in the U.K the only Expo i can go to is the London MCM Expo and I spent about £40 not much as i thought I'd spend but there weren't many stuff i got. Anyway this is what i got


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Posted 5/31/11
Ditto! I was just at the London MCM Expo too. (:

I spent a lot of money this time. I cleared out £120 from my bank account, and it feels like I bought hardly anything! I bought a plushie from Cherry Abuku, a chibi Miyuki Takara figurine, some manga, etc. Where does it all go? It's crazy!
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Posted 6/3/11
I go to Anime Expo in california and last year i spent almost $2k. Cant wait till this years ax:) in one month.
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Posted 6/3/11
It's not a expo but convention I go to. Anime Next here in NJ. I usually spend about 1,000 or more. That is counting hotel and stuff which brings about $2k
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Posted 6/4/11
The big one I go to every year is Otakon. Last year, I started gofering, and I enjoyed it, so I'll be resuming that. As for the cost, well... IIRC, I kept last year to about $550 before any reimbursements. And this year's finances look a little leaner, so...

My plans are, once finances improve, are to be able to get back to Anime Boston, Anime USA, and possibly Yaoicon. Then I'd also like to add Katsucon to the repetoire...
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Posted 6/17/11
I haven't been to an Anime only convention but I do try to go to DragonCon each year. I love going there and usually with hotel and all I spend a couple thousand. I also buy cosplay before going to wear there. I've bought DVDs, keychains, tshirts, photo ops, signatures, etc. Its a blast!
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Posted 6/20/11

divinedaydreams wrote:

I haven't been to an Anime only convention but I do try to go to DragonCon each year.


I've attended a number of fan conventions, including large and small anime cons, two small sci-fi cons, two comics cons, an anthropomorphic con, and the only video game fan convention I know (Penny Arcade Expo). I try to keep my spending under control. Aside from fan-made products, just about everything that's sold at cons can also be bought online or at local stores.

I don't know that much about Dragon Con. Here's what I've heard...

* It's xbox hueg. Takes place across a large amount of downtown Atlanta. Unfortunately, hotels in the area are rarely cheap.

* Most interests are represented. (Though there's some curious exclusions... a game *programming* track, but not video games in general.)

* Apparently most attendees are adults. I'm not sure what I think about this. I find it tough to think that most people who have graduated from college still have fannish interests. I know that I'm embarrassed to be a both a fanboy and an adult, and I still wonder why I haven't given up on my fan activities.
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Posted 6/23/11

caddyalan wrote:


divinedaydreams wrote:

I haven't been to an Anime only convention but I do try to go to DragonCon each year.


I've attended a number of fan conventions, including large and small anime cons, two small sci-fi cons, two comics cons, an anthropomorphic con, and the only video game fan convention I know (Penny Arcade Expo). I try to keep my spending under control. Aside from fan-made products, just about everything that's sold at cons can also be bought online or at local stores.

I don't know that much about Dragon Con. Here's what I've heard...

* It's xbox hueg. Takes place across a large amount of downtown Atlanta. Unfortunately, hotels in the area are rarely cheap.

* Most interests are represented. (Though there's some curious exclusions... a game *programming* track, but not video games in general.)

* Apparently most attendees are adults. I'm not sure what I think about this. I find it tough to think that most people who have graduated from college still have fannish interests. I know that I'm embarrassed to be a both a fanboy and an adult, and I still wonder why I haven't given up on my fan activities.


First yes it is HUGE, as in 30,000 people going through last year.

Second they are fan run so feel free to contact them about and programming tracks you feel have been over looked. If you are part of a group with that same interest then you can all write the powers that be.

Third is Yes the large majority of attendees are adult. I did take my youngest one year because he was just a year. They do have daycare for adults who want some time without the kiddies if they do bring them. I met a great guy last year there who had never been and like you had no idea how many others enjoyed being fanboys and girls. We still talk weekly, at least, and plan to meet up again this year.

I will tell you it is a blast and there is something for everyone!
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Posted 6/23/11 , edited 6/23/11
As far as spending, I'd say set limits before going. I've spent sometimes a bit over my limit but try not to go beyond since I divvy it for food costs and dealer's room/auction/flea market/artist alley costs. Daily unless you're doing a meal with friends at a restaurant about $30 of whatever currency your con is at is suffice. For the rest I tend to keep around $50-70 of saved up funds for the weekend tops. And really it's about mapping too so make sure you take 1 look around first keeping a mental or written check on what you want then narrow down-impulse shopping should be avoided unless you had it on a list of things you really want and are looking for. Even then look around in case you can get a better offer on the same item with another place.

Oh and to add as far as things I look for these days (each year varies as I fill my wants):

-Artist done buttons and keychains
-Smaller figurines or action figures that fit on a desk where I collect them
-Postcards are nice too
-I try to occasionally save for 1 plushie, either the "alien head" smaller chibi ones or sometimes a larger one
-I'll also if I see a good video game or music CD is available from time to time still
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